ARGUABLY Gold Coast's most talented player has put the onus on himself to play better to help the Suns break their eight-game losing streak.
Jack Martin started 2019 in the best form of his career, but conceded to AFL.com.au that he had "dropped off a bit" over the past month.
The 24-year-old says it's up to him to lift and lead the Suns past St Kilda at Townsville's Riverway Stadium on Saturday.
"I thought I started the season well, but the last month or so I've hit a bit of a slump," Martin said.
"I feel like I have to play well every week, I put that expectation on myself.
"I'm not performing the way I want to, but I've got to continue to work and I know the tide will turn.
"I'm more of an on-field leader than an in-class leader that speaks up in meetings. I try to lead by example."
Martin's strength through his 93-game career has been his versatility, playing back, midfield or forward as each of his three senior coaches have seen fit.
Stuart Dew decided to play the West Australian largely onball early in the season, where he was a large part of the Suns' three successive wins (averaging 23 disposals, six marks and three tackles) between rounds two and four.
Playing forward a little more in recent weeks as injuries have stacked up, Martin's production has drifted throughout matches, but he's still averaging 20 touches, six tackles and four marks across the season.
He said neither himself nor his teammates were tired ahead of Saturday's match.
"No, definitely not. The boys have got a lot of energy coming in every week, the belief is still there, we've just got to try to break through for a win.
"We're so close. Our last two months we've been close and not quite played four quarters … three quarters is just not enough.
"All the hard work we've put in at the front end of the season, it'd be nice to get a win."